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“If I could sum up my journey with CCN in one word, it would be ‘transformative’”

4th February 2019

After leaving school, I followed many of my fellow pupils and took A-Levels at City College Norwich with the intention of going to university.

Choice & Variety 

I chose to study at city College Norwich as I wanted to join a multi-discipline college. When I initially joined, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, so studying at CCN was my preferred choice, based on the wide variety of courses and further education options.

Apprenticeships & The World of Work

The truth is, I was never 100% sold on the idea of going to university, because I was ready to get stuck into the world of work, earn money and gain some independence. On the other hand, I wasn’t prepared to completely abandon my education, so I decided to investigate alternatives.

I came across a few apprenticeship positions which caught my eye and decided to apply. The concept of gaining practical on-the-job experience whilst studying towards a qualification and earning a wage was very appealing!

Employer Partnerships

I worked at CCN campus in the Employer Partnerships Department as an Administrative Apprentice for 18 months, followed by a Marketing Apprentice.

Working as an apprentice in the Employer Partnerships Department shaped me as a person. I gained valuable experience in an office environment and liaised with employers in Norfolk to promote the apprenticeship scheme.

Confidence & a Sense of Direction

Asides from my qualifications, during my time at City College Norwich, I gained confidence, communication skills, work experience, a sense of direction, and ambition.

11 years later, I can honestly say it was the best decision I ever made. I am incredibly proud of my apprenticeship roots, which helped me to carve a successful career.

The Present Day

Presently, I am a Marketing Manager at Clapham & Collinge LLP. I would like to continue in this role, develop my skills and progress further within the firm.

I aspire to be a non-practising equity partner at Clapham & Collinge LLP.


Louis Hilldrup-Boorman is a Marketing Manager at Clapham & Collinge LLP, having completed a Level 2 Business & Administration Apprenticeship, and a Level 3 Marketing Apprenticeship at City College Norwich.